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University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

from Jenny Spencer, Department Chair:

The English Department is a diverse and welcoming community comprised of 48 faculty members, 6 staff members, 700 undergraduate majors, and 110 MA/Ph.D and 75 MFA candidates. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University: our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty. Both our faculty and graduate students have been recognized as distinguished teachers, writers, and researchers.


(Read Full Introduction From the Chair)

On the Shelves:
Recent Faculty Publications

Citizenship Under Pressure: The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture by Rachel Mordecai Where Bears Roam the Streets by Jeff Parker The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India by Asha Nadkarni
Black Resonance : Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature by Emily Lordi In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011 by Peter Gizzi The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy by Nick Bromell Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation by Hoang Gia Phan
The Library of the Sidneys of Penshurst Place Circa 1665 Edited by Germaine Warkentin, Joseph L. Black, and William R. Bowen


Events in Our Community

Discover Studies in English this Fall

Still looking for courses this fall? Take a look at our Fall 2014 undergraduate course offerings.

MFA for Poets and Writers: 2014 Visiting Writers Series

The nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The series continues with novelist Kent Wascom. See other writers in the series.

Thursday, October 9th at 8:00 pm in Memorial Hall.

Careers in Television: A Conversation with Hannah Auerbach ('10) and Diana Lulek Band ('09)

Antiques Roadshow and HBO. Sound familiar to your ears? Come hear alums Hannah Auerbach ('10) and Diana Lulek Band ('09) talk about their jobs with these popular and well-regarded "hallmarks" of television.

Friday, October 24th at 9:30 am, RSVP for location.

Annual Troy Lecture: A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk

Celebrated author and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk will be visiting the UMass community for the 2014 Troy Lecture. 

Thursday, October 30th at 4:30 pm in Bowker Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Kaplan Lecture: Jacqueline Goldsby at UMass Amherst

Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University, Jacqueline Goldsby will visit UMass Amherst for the English Department's Annual Kaplan Lecture, entitled, "A Salon for the Masses: Black  Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance."

Tuesday, November 18th at 3:00 pm in Campus Center 911-915.

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Contact Us!

Department of English
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bartlett Hall, Box 30515
Amherst, MA 01003-0515

Main Office: 170 Bartlett Hall
Phone: 413.545.2332
Fax: 413.545.3880

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